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LCX Blockchain Sessions: Prof. Dr. Shoucheng Zhang

The LCX Blockchain Sessions are held in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. The LCX Blockchain Sessions engages our network of international partners and advisors to open up the dialogue of the future of the blockchain industry. LCX strives to overcome the hurdles of financial institutions and professional investors to create the path to mainstream financial adoption.

On September 13 2018, LCX held the second official LCX Blockchain Session in Vaduz with Stanford Professor, DHVC Founding Chairman and LCX Strategic Advisor, Dr. Shoucheng Zhang. Dr. Zhang opened the session and gave a thought-provoking lecture titled “In Math We Trust”. After the lecture, LCX CEO Monty Metzger joined the Professor for a roundtable discussion moderated by Dr. Efi Pylarinou, seasoned Wall Street professional and Co-Founder of Daily FinTech. The event was limited to a selected group of delegates constituting of investment fund managers, leadership of banks and thought leaders from Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

Dr. Shoucheng Zhang is a condensed matter theorist known for his work on topological insulators, the quantum spin Hall effectspintronics, the quantum Hall effect and high temperature superconductivity.

Because of their pioneering research on Spintronics and Topological Insulator fields, Dr. Zhang and Stephen Hawking were given the Physics Frontiers Prize in 2013. In the same year, he joined the Chinese Academy of Sciences as a foreign academician. Among other prestigious awards, Dr. Zhang received the Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate in 2014 and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in 2015.

Beyond his work as a famous researcher, Dr. Shoucheng Zhang is a seasoned investor and Founding Chairman at DHVC. DHVC is a venture capital fund investing in early-stage blockchain projects.

 
LCX Blockchain Sessions: Prof. Dr. Shoucheng Zhang

In Math We Trust

Dr. Zhang’s lecture unpacked the fundamentals of crypto-economic science. What is the intrinsic value of a medium of exchange? How does consensus emerge in the natural world? Ultimately, can we “Trust Math” to create not just a distributed monetary system, but a self-organized society?

During the question period, one audience member thanked the Professor for his talk and noted that it was one of the most “refreshing” discussions he’d heard after years in the space. You can watch the full lecture and roundtable here. You can also watch a highlight video here.

 
“In Math We Trust”, Prof. Dr. Shoucheng Zhang

Europe’s Second Chance

Moderated by Dr. Efi Pylarinou, the panel discussed topics including the monetary significance of Bitcoin, the power of math as a tool for human governance and the merger of AI and blockchain. Dr. Zhang also reflected on the significance of Liechtenstein’s recently unveiled Blockchain Act and the country’s proactive regulatory leadership. In Dr. Zhang’s view, Europe “missed the Internet boom”, mainly concentrated in Silicon Valley, as well as the “mobile boom”, concentrated in China.

However, Liechtenstein’s leadership represents Europe’s opportunity to embrace the next technological revolution, this time grounded in the objectivity of math.

 
Panel discussion with Monty Metzger, Dr. Efi Pylarinou and Prof. Dr. Shoucheng Zhang.

Vineyards of Vaduz

Deep in the mountains and on the sunny side of the Liechtenstein valley, the discussion continued into the night. At a private dinner at the Hotel Sonnenhof restaurant, LCX team, partners and advisors reflected on the LCX vision: on the coming wave of industry maturity, on the monetary significance of cryptoassets, and, perhaps most fitting to the vineyards of Vaduz, Liechtenstein role in the international ecosystem.

 
In the mountains of Vaduz, LCX Team, partners and advisors enjoyed the delights of Hotel Sonnenhof.
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